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April 18, 2021 1:00 am
In ancient Corinth you can see a platform where judges once sat. It was called the Bema. That’s also the word Paul uses regarding the judgment seat of Christ, where all believers will give an account of their deeds. Although we shouldn’t fear this judgment, we should remember that we will be judged.Click here to listen (Duration 54:30)
In ancient Corinth. In Greece there is an elevated platform where judges once set on the front is a nameplate bema. That's the word Paul uses in referring to the judgment seat of Christ were all believers will give account of their deeds. In Corinth the bema was outdoors in public so may be our time before Jesus today a probing look at every Christian's appointment at a heavenly bema from Chicago. We welcome you to The Moody Church.
Our weekly service of worship and teaching under the ministry of Dr. Erwin Lutzer today we continue attend part look into the future were calling when he shall come later will learn about what happens when we appear at his judgment seat. Pastor Lutzer comes now to open our service. The Bible makes it very clear that Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of the Lord. What that means for us has to be individually determined through his word, but we can test today that the governments of the world shall be upon his shoulders and because he is the king we can confidently give our cares our concerns to him and if you have brought sin in your heart this morning.
If you brought it with you. Would you use even these moments. These quiet moments of confession and yield witness that together with one voice and one heart. We may worship the Lord our God, our King. Would you join me as we pray. Father, we do rejoice today that you are the Lord the King and we gladly give ourselves to you with anticipation. We earnestly pray that you will be blessed as you listen to our worship. And as you hear our prayers and we invite your blessed Holy Spirit to lead us to guide us to convict us to encourage us to be to us all that the comforter can be for your honor and glory in Jesus blessed name. Amen. Second Corinthians chapter 5 verses one through 10. For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens for in this tent, we grown longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on may not be found naked. For while we are still in this week around being a burden. Not that we would be unclothed but that we would be further so that what is mortal may be some my life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God who has given us this. As a guarantee, so we are always of good courage.
We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by science. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
So whether we are at home or away. We make it our aim to please him, for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
Amen. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
That's what we read in the book of Revelation, but the question that we have to ask ourselves is a very frank question, namely what are tears doing in heaven. Anyway, why would God have to wipe away all tears well there two answers that are generally given.
One is that we will regret the fact that there are people whom we hope to be in heaven who will not be there and well might we weep when that takes place.
But there's another explanation and I think possibly I prefer it and that is we will weep when we think of the regrets that we have because of the selfish lives that we lived in light of all the blessings that God gave us and all the opportunities that we had. And because we did so poorly. When we stood before the Lord at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ.
The Bible says that all Christians shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ, as we shall see their two massive judgments in the Bible.
One is a judgment of all unbelievers and we shall deal with that in a very future message because this is a series of 10 messages entitled, when he shall come and within time will talk about the tribulation and the antichrist. But this message is devoted to us as believers and for those of you who aren't believers you need to listen in as well. Now I need to say that the next message also is going to be on the fact that we are going to be with Jesus Christ in what is called the marriage supper of the Lamb. I believe that the judgment seat of Christ that I'm talking about today is going to take place after the rapture of the church. So as we spoke about the rapture last time the judgment seat is next for you and for me that there are many misconceptions about this judgment seat. Some Christians say will sense it doesn't determine whether or not I'm going to heaven. It only has to do with rewards the way in which I live isn't really that important. And, furthermore, doesn't Calvary cover it all if Calvary covers it all. I can live whatever kind of a life I wish to live and I'm going to come out okay so let me explain. It is true that Calvary covers it all. When we receive Jesus Christ as Savior, our sins are forgiven legally past, present and future. But this doesn't mean that we can live as we wish.
God disciplines us when we become disobedient and he judges sin wherever it is found now in the book of acts. There is the story of Ananias and Sapphire. I remember they told a lie and that as a result of that God had them killed that they just died.
I can imagine that they arrived in heaven and they said, what is this, we were believers and we thought that Calvary covered it all while yes if they were believers. Calvary did covered all that's why they are in heaven, but we need to distinguish that from the fact that God deals with us as individual Christians. And he desires that we live holy lives. There's another misconception. And that is when we talk about such things as being rewarded. That is selfish motivation heard that said and then there are people who say will isn't it true that when we receive these crowns were just going to cast them on the act on the feet of Jesus in any way implying it's really no big deal. We do poorly. We only get one crown we casted at the feet of Jesus and then go on into eternity. And I forget about the way in which we lived here on earth. It's not quite that simple. For one thing, I don't believe that the rewards are medallions that we cast at the feet of Jesus, that we may receive crowns that we cast at the feet of Jesus. But if we do, were going to pick them up again because were going to rule with Christ forever and ever. I believe that rewards has to do with positions of responsibility in the coming kingdom, faithful in that which is little you rule over little faithful in and that which is much that is to say that you are very faithful in what God has given you and that you have a larger responsibility in the coming kingdom. One day a man who claimed to be a Christian, said to me you know I'm a Christian, but I'm backslidden. I'm just doing my own thing and then he said you know it when I get to heaven as long as I make it into the back seat somewhere. I'm going to be happy, which always makes me look at those of you who are in the backseat. I want to know whether or not you're happy and whether your list. I sit in. You know, that sounds so humble you know you're just willing to just be in the back row heaven.
Jesus intended that you be in the front row to use your analogy and the reason that you are in the back row is because you displeased him. The apostle Paul says we live to please Christ. Therefore he says we shall all stand before he says we shall all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
The reason that you will be quote in the back row to use that analogy is because of unfaithfulness and you didn't please Christ. By the way. Sometimes there are those who say all you know when I get to heaven as long as I have some little shack up there all be said have you ever noticed that sometimes the people who say that say that they're gonna be satisfied with a shack in heaven are not satisfied with a shack on earth have you ever noticed that my friend go for rewards. Jonathan Edwards said that he was going to use all the energy that he had to gain as many rewards as possible because the more rewards you get. That means the more pleasing you were to Jesus. So go for it, go for rewards to passages of Scripture and you need to turn to both the first one is first Corinthians chapter 3 as we warm up to the topic. First Corinthians chapter 3 a where the apostle Paul is speaking about rewards and speaking about lives and foundations and so forth. This is what he says in first Corinthians chapter 3 he says in verse five in verse five. What then is a Paulison. What is Paul's servants, through whom you believe is the Lord assigned to each. I planted a Paul is water but God gave the growth so neither he knew plants. It nor he who waters it is anything but only God who gives the growth all it be so tempting to stop and comment on that but I shall continue. He who plans and he who waters are one and each will receive his wages, according to his labor.
For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building. First of all, he begins with an architectural reference and then he begins to talk about agricultural first, I should say and then architectural you'll notice he says in verse 10, according to the grace of God has given to me like a skilled master builder I laid the foundation, and someone else is building on it, for no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, would a straw each one's work will become manifest for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire. The fire will test what sort of work each one is done if the work that anyone has built upon the foundation survives you will receive a reward.
If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. What the apostle Paul is saying is we should think of our lives and as our ministries is either gold or silver, or precious stones or would a stubble and then when God torches it. The truth will come out as to what kind of people we really were and who we really serve when we were here on many years ago after there was a fire in Colorado.
Rebecca and I were there and we drove past some of the homes. It was just unbelievable.
There was nothing left except the Jiminy because it was made of brick and the very same way, the apostle Paul says there is some people who will make it to heaven, but their works will be burned up.
You'll notice he says they shall be saved, but so is by fire. Dr. Harry Ironside, who occupied this pulpit during the 40s said that there is some people who will make it to heaven but will smell as if they were bought in a fire sale they will just make it. The imagery is that their lives will collapse behind them. Everything goes up in smoke, but they do make it into heaven. That's what Paul says say so as by fire will today were going to learn how to build upon the foundation that lasts all that. Actually, by way of introduction, my text today is in second Corinthians, and you need to turn to. It also very important. Second Corinthians chapter 5 second Corinthians chapter 5, Paul says in verse nine. So whether we are at home or away.
We make it our aim to please him, for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil and that is talking to you and to me as believers.
No wonder he goes on to say in verse 11. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord we persuade others. Today's message is a very serious message.
It's easy to speak the words but to visualize what this is going to be like that takes the ministry of the Holy Spirit of God's.
I hope that your mind is open.
I hope that your heart is open and a very honest way. As we look today at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. Couple of comments. First of all three characteristics of the judgment and then three life-changing lessons. That's where we are going first characteristic is simply this, we will be in John federally we will be judged fairly stable. Where is that in the text will remember this is the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. He who died to redeem us now lives to judge us. Jesus is going to want us to do well. After all, he is our brother. He said to Mary. He said he was sent to your father and to my father and to your God and my God. And so because of the fact that we are united to him. Jesus is going to take into account because he knows all things, all agencies he's going to take a careful look at your life, but also how you are impacted by others. The effect of other people's behavior on you and so forth. And there you will stand with Jesus and his evaluation is going to be in densely accurate yourself as to literally be able to argue with Jesus. Well, you'd be free to but here it from here. You want you and I will be absolutely convinced that what Jesus is saying is cost and right and true and reality as it exists you're going to be overwhelmed and I will be two by his meticulous justice. Also, you're going to be judged from the standpoint of when you receive Jesus Christ as Savior. From that time on I don't believe that the life that you lived before you were converted, is going to be part of the evaluation you silver you find that in the Scriptures, the apostle Paul intended to do well even though he was doing terrible things before his conversion involved in the persecution of the church involved in even putting people to death and yet he expected to do well at the judgment seat. Despite his sordid past one day a woman wrote to me after she heard me speak about this on the radio and said do I have any opportunity to do well at the judgment seat. She said in my pre-conversion days I was involved in some pornographic movies and even now they are still being played, and she said the evil influence that I am having continue. I wrote back and I said sister I want to give you a word of encouragement.
Yes, if you are faithful with what God now gave you living a life that glorifies him. YouTube can do well at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ were going to be judged fairly. Now it even becomes more personal. We are going to be judged individually. Your Bible is open for we must all appear. By the way, everybody's going to show off. You're going to be there. And may I simply throw in the fact that I think you're going to be there on time.
He says we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done each one. Let me give you passage of Scripture that is even clearer. Romans chapter 14 we read these words, why do you judge your brother Paul says where you judging your brother. Let's suppose that you are in the church or you have some Christian friends and you're very critical of them you don't like them and so you're critical of them pulses. Don't you dare judge them. They may do better than you, in the judgment seat of Christ. He says for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, and now I'm quoting that each one may give account of himself to God.
Could that be any clearer. I went to a small Bible school in Canada that was so small that everyone who attended the Bible college saying in the choir. There were about 60 of us. The only requirement to get into the choir was to be there and having enrolled in the Bible college.
I'm not such a bad singer but there were some songs that were maybe a little difficult. Or maybe I didn't know the word, so I just mount them because I knew that everybody else would carry me when you and I stand before Jesus.
We all have to sing a solo nobody to hide behind no attorney to put the best twist on it no opportunity or willingness to say now you know if you really knew about this you'd understand. Why did that is just a one on one. You and and there you are. And you know that he knows everything. Is this judgment going to be public say. I sure hope it's not. Some people think it's going to be like in a large stadium everybody watching his say. How embarrassing.
How humiliating can it possibly be.
I thought about this for a little while, and concluded that I don't know whether it's going to be public. There are some parables that Jesus told that indicated it might be. Remember when he said take the talent from one and give it to the other and all that was public, but you know something if it's public two things. First, will all be in the same boat and second, I don't think it will matter when you are one on one with Jesus the only thing that will matter is the expression on his face.
The only thing in all the universe that you will care about the whole universe can be watching. The question is will you hear well done or don't you well.
That's the only thing that will make any difference.
It is a personal judgment. You as a Christian are going to go one on one with Jesus. Each one of us getting account of himself to God.
Nobody else you won't be expected to account for your wife or husband's to you and Jesus first characteristic is were going to be judged fairly. The second is were going to be judged individually. And now you're going to begin to squirm to be judged thoroughly.
Notice what the text says your Bible is open for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. The Greek word is final Rocco which means to reveal to be revealed before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. One commentator says that it means to be laid there. Remember when we were kids and we were playing with other kids.
Somebody would say all you know you have some money in your pocket. No I don't. Now you do. I don't believe you, and that and then we pull out our pockets and we turn them inside out, revealing even the last little piece of lint you know in first Corinthians chapter 3 the passage that we just read moments ago. A moment ago.
It says there that we shall be made to manifest the same imagery is used. There, after all, the fire is rather thorough, isn't it. This is the final judgment and John Murray, a famous theologian, says that Christians will desire it to finally see and magnify the grace of God and finally forever be done with the whole question of the way in which they lived here on earth. Let me give you an example. Here's a Christian man and find somebody else that he'd rather live with other than his wife so he abandons her and the children. Then he marries somebody else and he goes live somewhere else.
He doesn't really play any important role in the life of the children that he left behind may be sending them a birth card birthday card once in a while sending them a little bit of money but he's not involved in. Then of course there's a lot of animosity, a lot of injustice you know how those situations become. And then Jesus returns and his wife was a Christian she goes to heaven with Jesus, and she goes up in the clouds and he does to you think Jesus is going to do is he going to say will now let's just let bygones be bygones. The two of you just hold hands and walk into eternity and pretend that all that happened on earth just doesn't matter think that's what is going to do absolutely not. This is the final place where adjudication takes place.
If you think I'm exaggerating, what about first Corinthians chapter 4 pulses don't judge anything ahead of time because he says the Lord will come who will judge even the motives of men's hearts. Can you get any more thorough than that and it's there at the judgment seat that finally. These matters are going to be resolved. That's why it's so important you know for us as believers to take care of all of these issues. While we are on earth, so that there are fewer issues to take care of when we get to heaven you know when the Bible says that we should not advantage ourselves.
Vengeance is mine, I will recompense as the Lord we think that relates only to the unsaved own know know know the reason that you don't have to avenge yourself.
Even with another Christian is why, because we shall all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, and it is there that Jesus is going to set the record straight. Now if you're thinking theologically.
This is the question that's on the tip of your mind. I can read it you're saying are you saying that we are going to see our sins.
Sins that have been cast into the depths of the sea. To quote John Murray again. He said that if we do will certainly see them as having been forgiven because it is true that our sins no longer are held against us. This is not a point of punishment.
There's nothing like that. It is to determine rewards, but here's what I think possibly could happen. What if Jesus took all of your works, and translated them either into gold, silver and precious stones or would a stumble, and you see all of this pile and then he were to torch it would give you a pretty good evaluation of your life without you having to see any of your sins. However, it is done. It is a thorough judgment. You say, well, is Jesus going to be angry know all the anger of God was taken out when Jesus Christ died on the cross but I can't help but think he might be disappointed. He might be disappointed in the way in which you live. With all that he gave you because there you are in. If you are saved so as by fire and the house collapses behind you with not disappoint him. Pulses we should live in such a way that we please him, which means that we can also live in such a way that displeases him even though he loves us just as much because his love is independent of our performance know there's a man who had a dream that went like this. He said that in the dream all of his life was there in one big heap of various materials that he could not identify because you know how dreams are. They can be very flighty and very confusing. But he says that then Jesus took a match and lit it and he said everything went up in smoke and when it was done. There is just a pile of ashes and then he said he began to go through the ashes and the deeper he got. He notice little nuggets of little bit ago little bit of silver little bit of precious stones and so he took a little brush and he took all the ashes away and then he just brushed his little pieces of gold silver and precious stones into a little can.
Maybe that's the way it's going to be were talking about serious business here folks.
We shall all appear before the judgment seat of Christ civil pastor looks or what is Jesus going to be looking for excellent question. Glad you asked if I wasn't going to answer that question, but I received an email from someone who watches us on the Internet.
So Bill, thanks for your email because I'm going to respond to that question.
Sometimes when I preach on this topic I preach a separate message on the question of what Jesus will be looking at since this is the only message on the judgment seat.
I better give you four or five things will be looking for because you should know what's going to survive the fire and is there any question in all the world it would be more important than knowing what is going to be the gold and the silver rather than the wood. Hey straw swimming give you 45 things Jesus is looking for.
First of all, the joyful acceptance of injustice and false accusations. The joyous acceptance of the injustice and false accusations.
Did you know that in the last year to seven books at least have been written saying that Christians are the real G hod and we're the ones that America should really fear filled with false accusations. Listen to the words of Jesus. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my name for great is your reward in heaven. It'll survive the fire. If you respond to it with joy.
Something else and that is of course financial generosity. The sixth chapter of Matthew, we won't even mention it because you know it.
There, Jesus is laid up for yourselves treasures not on earth, where moth and rust of corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up treasures in heaven, and he's talking there about our gifts to think that you are a stingy Christian should make you wonder whether you're a Christian at all because Christians are generous people and so I need to ask you, are you generous in your giving. Do you enjoy giving because God is given so much to you and you give in such a way that you will meet again. Let me give you another real real important way to have gold silver and precious stones. Hospitality 14th chapter of the book of Luke, Jesus makes this remarkable story. He says them when you hold a feast. Don't invite your friends because they might have you back he says go out and find the lame and the blind and the infirm. Then have them over because they're too poor to free you and then Jesus says this. If you do that these are his word. We shy away from rewards being thought of as payment. But Jesus didn't. He says if you do that you will be re-paid at the resurrection of the righteous. Look for somebody who can pay you back and invest in their lives and you'll have something that will survive the fire. Few more faithfulness in your vocation. Let's suppose that you go to work tomorrow and you don't like your job at all. You don't like the boss.
Paul says in the book of Colossians. He says that what ever you do, do it heartily, for the Lord and not for man, you don't like your boss don't work for him work for Jesus instead and work for your boss as if he were Jesus. This is what the text says for from the Lord, you will receive the reward of the inheritance.
A joyful attitude heartily working merits reward, and then another one.
Loving the unlovable. Jesus said this in Luke 635.
He says love your enemies, do good in land, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great God bring somebody into your life who is unlovable, completely unlovable. Maybe they're sitting beside you today, why, why, that God says I bring them into your life because I want you to have lots of words so start loving them in your reward will be great to realize how faithful Jesus is the Bible says that even a cup of water given in my name and you will not lose your reward.
That's why the Bible says in first Corinthians chapter 4. When is talking about Jesus revealing the motive of men's hearts.
It says that then shall every man have praise from God. Everybody can have some thing that God is going to praise them for every Christian will have something undid the ashes. Now I do need to clarify something. At this point because some of you who are listening may not be believers in Jesus you've never trusted him as your Savior and your misinterpreting everything I'm saying you're saying to yourself, so this is the way to get in good with God. You are kind, you taken the poor you give money you learn to love those who are unlovable. Maybe that's the way to heaven. It isn't all of our works are tainted with sin and that's why the Bible says that we are saved, not by works as long as you are looking at your life to find some reason why God should accept you. You are looking in vain and all of us want to accept things, I just heard this past week that in Japan for example, in a shame culture where there's an emphasis on shame that many people when they are fired from their job. Don't tell their families because they want to save face and within time, they may not even go home. They may become street people because they want acceptance and this is such a blow to their acceptance that they can't handle it. We all want acceptance and most assuredly we want acceptance from God, but it only comes through Jesus Christ and receiving him as Savior because he was accepted, and so we get to be accepted on the basis of his merit. You say will Pastor Lutzer why is it that before a person is save his works are of no value to God and yet after he is saved, they become so important to God.
Couple of things.
First of all, because after we are saved.
It is an expression. It is an expression of our devotion to Jesus as his children. That's the first thing secondly even now, as believers, all of our works are still tainted with sin and Jesus takes them cleans them up and makes them acceptable to the father. Bible says that we are to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. There's no other way to be accepted, even in these works. My friend to bring it down to the bottom line. There is no good in us any good that is in us is Jesus Christ. That's what it comes down to a now I'm back talking to believers again couple of lessons that should transform our lives, we should leave here today and listen to this message as many times as we need to until we internalize what I'm going to say right now. First of all, it's very clear that every day is either a plus or a minus every single day is either a loss or gain so far as rewards are concerned. Whitfield was a great preacher in the United States of America and he died and wanted this on his tombstone. He didn't quite get it, but I understand that the quote is close by the manner of man George Whitfield was that day shall declare takes your breath away.
Whitfield was criticized for his preaching. He had disagreements.
The newspaper sometimes didn't like him, and wrote articles against in that day. Nothing like that will matter because the manner of man George Whitfield was that day shall declare the manner of man Erwin lutes. Or was that day shall declare, and the manner of person you were there that day shall declare nothing but reality while one day Diane Sawyer was interviewing Billy Graham and she said to Billy how would you like to be remembered and Billy just looked away. He didn't really answer the question.
He kind of looked away and said well, I'd like to hear well done, thou good and faithful servant. But I don't think I will. And then he turned away and if I remember correctly that was the end of the interview to thoughts immediately crossed my mind. Number one, Billy humility is good, but aren't you overdoing it, just a little bit and then a second thought was this Billy.
If you're not sure that you're going to do well what about the rest of us. But what Billy said is true. From this standpoint is not going to hear well done because he preached the large crowds that was his calling. The real question is not going to be how large the crowds were or the number of people who accepted Christ as Savior under his ministry. The real question is going to be Billy. Were you faithful with what I gave you and that's why we can say with truthfulness that the people who are going to be rewarded. The greatest are not necessarily the people that you have heard about going to be the car dealer who actually ran an honest shop. It's going to be the missionary who was in far-flung corners of the world that nobody ever heard of, but was was faithful with what God gave him or her. Those are the ones who are really going to be rewarded and every day is either a loss or gain so far as rewards are concerned. One day a man took me to an airport whose wife had a disease and she was very, very difficult to get along with stories that he told me as to why he continued to love her work overwhelming.
I won't go into detail, but many dropped me off. I said to him tongue-in-cheek. I don't expect to see you in heaven. He was a little surprised at that.
But I said no I really don't expect to see you. I said I think that you're going to be so close to the front and I'm going to be so far back that will probably not meet, and I know I meant it have humorously but also meant to truthfully. The people who are going to be most rewarded are not those that you hear about, but those who are faithful in their calling, whatever it may, but every day is either a plus or minus. It is true you know that little ditty that we sometimes thing only one life will soon be passed only what's done for Christ will last second, what is it that we are able to gain what can we gain what we can gain is the approval of Christ and reigning with him. I'm not suggesting that all Christians will not rain with Jesus. But it is very interesting that in the Bible there is frequently a connection of reigning with Christ and faithfulness. For example, Paul says if we suffer with him, we shall also reign with him in the book of Revelation, you have repeatedly said he who overcomes, to him I will grant to sit with me on my throne.
Now there is one sense in which all Christians are over comers because they have believed in Jesus Christ as Savior, but I cannot believe that somebody who is saved, yet so as by fire. As we illustrated. I can't believe that somebody was life was lived selfishly for themselves is going to be rewarded.
Obviously, the same way as somebody who was faith Sable will everyone in heaven be happy everyone happy.
Just like a chandelier that it may have boldness of different intensities in the very same way everyone contributing to the glory of God. Everyone surveying, but not everyone in the same position of responsibility because they were unfaithful here on earth and didn't care as to what survived the fire and what wouldn't so we can gain ruling with Jesus. What an honor and unthinkable privilege. What is it that we can lose. Well, I take the point of view and some people disagree with me but I take the point of view but not everybody is going to hear well done. Again, I refer to that selfish Christian who is saved in who thinks to himself I can live now. However, I wish because my salvation is secure. I don't think I don't think you're going to hear well done.
Maybe I won't either. We shouldn't take it for granted. You know, in India there is a story that they like to tell about a wealthy Roger he was coming along and is beautiful, expensive chariot, and there was a beggar along the side of the road and the beggar had his bowl of rice and the beggar thought I wonder if he might stop to give me something and so he held out his oldest Roger open to his surprise, the Roger got off of the chariot and went over and said to the beggar beggar give me some of your rice beggar was angry. Who is this man to ask me for some of my rice but gingerly and with anger.
He took one grain of rice and gave it to the wealthy man. Roger said beggar give me more of your rice by now the beggar was furious, but he did take another grain of rice and handed it over to the Roger. Roger said beggar give me more of your rice by now the beggar was in a fury. He took one more grain of rice and gave it to the wealthy man who then got on his chariot and rode off in his anger.
The beggar looked into his bowl and noticed something glitter. It was a grain of rice was actually a grain of gold, I should say the size of a grain of rice only looked more carefully and found just two more grains of gold. The science of his rice. When we come to Jesus.
We trade our rice for his gold and it's the kind of gold that will survive the fire.
So my question is what are we withholding from Jesus anyway, are we hanging on to that we say this belongs to me, not Jesus. When eternity is coming and we shall all appear before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account for the deeds done in the body, whether good or evil, joining as we pray father we pray, hear our prayer.
We are in great need. Because we realize that so much of what we do may be passing instead of eternal forgiveness, father, forgive us our selfishness. Forgive us for failing to remember that we have to give an account to you and for those who have never trusted Christ as Savior. We pray that even in this moment the me believe in Jesus name Amen and in a building which are arrayed in white moon and winds came.
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